The Ryukyu Islands are forecast to experience inclement weather between Sunday, August 30, and Tuesday, September 1, due to the presence of Typhoon Maysak in the Philippine Sea. The storm system is forecast to track west of Okinawa as it heads northwest towards the Korean peninsula, not making landfall on any of the islands. However, the passing through of Maysak is still expected to bring some coastal flooding, heavy rains, and strong winds, particularly to western islands.
Winds of over 120 kph (75 mph) may hit some areas and heavy rainfall could lead to landslides and flash floods. Short notice disruption to travel is also possible, both overland and at Okinawa's Naha (OKA) and Ishigaki (ISG) airports.
The typhoon season lasts from May to October, whilst most storm systems form between July and September. In general, storms can bring heavy downpours and strong winds as well as trigger storm surges which threaten human population and infrastructure. Secondary effects include riverine floods and landslides, both of which can result in human casualties and mass evacuations, as well as travel and service disruptions. Although storm systems usually affect southern Japan, other parts of the country are also vulnerable to these hazards.
Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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